Archive for September, 2007

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List – The 50 Most Dystopian Movies of All Time

September 30, 2007

Wally Conger of Out of Step ( http://www.wconger.blogspot.com/) wrote down what he’s got from this list at Snarkerati.com

http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/the-top-50-dystopian-movies-of-all-time/ 

Here’s what I have: (I’ve seen a few more on the list as well, but those don’t count.)

Metropolis (1927) 

Brazil (1985)

Blade Runner (1982)

The Matrix (1999)

The Road Warrior (1981)

Minority Report (2002)

Sleeper (1973)

Serenity (2005)

Ghost in The Shell (1995)

Robocop (1987)

Akira (1988)

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

V For Vendetta (2005)

Gattaca (1997)

Total Recall (1990)

They Live (1988)

THX-1138 (1971)

Escape From New York (1981)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Idiocracy (2006)

Death Race 2000 (1975)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Equilibrium (2002)

Avalon (2001)

That’s 23 by my count.  So: to Conger – HA! and furthermore HA! (and some more on that list sounded intriguing, like No Blade of Grass…) Got a blog? Let’s see what you got!

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Review – Spider-Man 3

September 30, 2007

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What went wrong? This should have been an easy pop-fly for Sam Raimi. Instead, he indulged himself and made the weakest of the three films for his exit bow.

Now: for a good chunk of this, I’m going to reference a funny article from Film Threat’s Mark Bell:

http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?section=features&Id=1937

1) Personally, I don’t mind the paintings/old footage in the beginning of the film – gives a little consistency to the series.2) Neither did I mind the voiceover – made the film slightly shorter (and Christ did it ever need to be shorter).

3) Cameo by Bruce Campbell. In total agreement with this one…

4) I personally like Dr. Connors showing up in the films before he changes into the Lizard (that’s not a spoiler in my opinion; that’s old news to every comic geek in America).

5) Another thing I like about this series (apart from the revisionism of Uncle Ben’s death) is that some villains are seen as people. Much like the non-psychotic Wolverine in the X-Men film franchise, it gives the actor some time to shine, elevating such films above films like Commando where Schwartzenegger becomes almost a caricature of himself. Can’t have enough of good acting, can we? (and why isn’t Theresa Russell getting more work?)

6) J.K. Simmons is terrific too.

7) Sadly, a visit with Aunt May is required in a Spider-Man film. Part of the legend, you know. Although, her death would give a nice moment for a future movie.*

8 & 9) Action sequences are why geeks like me go to the movies. And conflict is the essence of drama, I’ve heard.

10) The rebellious montage in SM2 I thought was fine. The montage in this one, too long. And don’t get me started about that show-stopping (in the worst way) sequence in the jazz bar…

11) I agree that it’s time to drop the Uncle Ben flashbacks. They do get to be a little tiresome (just like the flashbacks Bruce Wayne has about his parents being killed – Ok, we get it already!)

12) The final fight – OK, I believe.

But wait! I’ve just got a little more vent in me for this subject-

Topher Grace was badly miscast. Should have saved him for when Tobey MacGuire wouldn’t return. Then we all could have had a “can he play Spider-Man as well as Tobey” argument as we wait for Spider-Man 4. In fact, Thomas Hayden Church should have played Venom (Grace’s voice coming from the Venom character made me think of scraping fingernails on blackboards). I hate to say it too, but Sandman was too lame a villain for this movie, especially for the bloated running time. Just a pity that James Franco won’t be coming back – best performance of the movie.

* and no , I don’t want them to fake her death then bring her back, as in a poorly written comic book.

STILL MORE: a rebuttal…

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Archive – Appleseed Pt. 2

September 30, 2007

Had a pretty good time at the Appleseed shoot – even though I learned that I ESS-EWE-CEE-KAY at firing rifles. While I knew I needed improvement in everything, I thought I would be able to hit the target a few times in offhand.

WRONG!

I could not do a single thing right. I imagine that the instructors pitied me a little.

Poor man! Let us not crush his hopes of ever being an accurate shot – we shall tell him to watch his basics, over and over again, until the sun dips below the horizon.

If I hadn’t been exhausted from the shoot, I would have had the presence of mind to keep one of the targets and post it here for you perusal – but perhaps it’s better this way. I am going to keep working at it, though, and I did get to join the RWVA…

http://www.rwva.org/

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Archive – Appleseed Pt. 1

September 30, 2007

 (First Posted May 8,2007)

 All week I’ve been preparing for the RWVA Appleseed shoot being held in Shiocton, WI this weekend. (Go here for a little more info) http://rwva.blogspot.com/

Don’t quite know if I’m ready – Last Saturday, I went to the local outdoor range to put a few bullets through my brand-new rifle, and ended up not shooting more than 24 rounds. Couldn’t tell whether it was the magazines or the ammo that was giving me a failure to feed. the upshot of which, I’ll have to bring another rifle (and hope not to embarass myself too badly- though I’m pretty much a newbie when it comes to rifle shooting to begin with).

Plus, I’ve had to purchase a lot of extra equipment I’ve never needed before, making the venture a little more expensive than I’d like. Still, I’m looking forward to it – any chance to get out of Dodge for a bit…

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Chicago – now with even more Surveillance goodness

September 28, 2007

Now tell me, gentle reader: does this sound like a workable function, especially with the problems (and I use that word charitably) that Britain has with its’ Panopticon state?

http://security.itworld.com/4357/070927chicagoscan/page_1.html

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I especially like the last paragraph, where Smith talks about the “challenge” of teaching the computer to recognize suspicious behavior – expect false alarm after false alarm, with innocent people getting charged left and right.

And Chicago isn’t the only one either – here’s what they’re doing in Cleveland (article isn’t there for free anymore – so I bought it from their archives.  See how much I love you, readers!)

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I’m sure that this will end well…

September 28, 2007

seeing as how shooty and steroidey (http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2007/09/state-on-steroids.html#links) our “law-enforcement” officers are these days.

http://www.local6.com/news/14224055/detail.html

Perhaps “Don’t machine gun me, Bro!” will become part of the vernacular as well…

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How much is that coin worth melted?

September 27, 2007

Here ya go – keep this one bookmarked…

http://www.coinflation.com

I’m busily collecting pennies myself, and will either a) melt them for the scrap metal value, or b) build a fallout shelter with them, whichever is of more value to me should they become worthless…